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The Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake
Spring 2018 Speaker and Film Series

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, February 13: Film The Mermaid / Mei ren yu (original title), (China, 2016) 
Location:  Harvey Ingham 134
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor

A quirky, comedic reimagining of The Little Mermaid that looks at the impact of greedy corporate interests on the continuation of sea life (including mermaids).  Film will be followed by discussion.

Wednesday, Feb 21:  Ocean Vuong
Topic:  Poetry Reading
Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series and East Asian Studies Minor

Award-winning Vietnamese American poet Ocean Vuong will do a reading as part of the Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series. Vuong’s poetry and essays are concerned with explorations of immigrant identity and sexual identity, and often explore the aftermath of the Vietnam war and the legacy of violence.

Thursday, March 1: Fumiaki Kubo

Topic: "An Unparalleled Partnership: U.S.-Japan Relations in an Uncertain World"
Location:  Meredith 106
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Sponsors: Drake University Department of Political Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and East Asian Studies Minor

Fumiaki Kubo, A. Barton Hepburn professor of American government and history at the University of Tokyo, will address the current relationship between the U.S. and Japan from a political, national security and economic perspective. His talk will explore how the two nations can work together, in an era defined by populism, to build peace and stability in the Asia Pacific.  As a leading scholar of U.S.-Japanese relations, Kubo will discuss the state of the Asia-Pacific region during heightened world tensions.  The former scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center will be in Des Moines as part of a national speaking tour.

Tuesday, March 6: Film Shin Godzilla / Shin Gojira (original title), (Japan, 2016)      
Location:  Harvey Ingham 134
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors:  Department of Political Science, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor

A giant monster destroys Tokyo and the government struggles to respond.  Film will be followed by discussion.

Monday, March 19: Film Wolf Warrior 2 / Zhan lang II (original title), (China, 2017)
Location:  Olin 101
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors:  Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor  

A special forces operative must leave a quiet life by the sea to protect residents in an African town from Western mercenaries..  Film will be followed by discussion. 

Wednesday, April 4: Film The Host / Gwoemul (original title), (South Korea, 2006)
Location:  Meredith 106
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Korean Cultural Club, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor  

A man must save his daughter from a deadly monster that was created through the illegal dumping of formaldehyde.  Film will be followed by discussion.

Friday-Saturday, April 6: Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs
Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room
Sponsors: Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs

Sunday, April 8: Film Swagger, (France, 2016)
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Sponsors:  The Alliance Française of Central Iowa, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Swagger is a documentary about life in the projects of the tough Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, as seen through the eyes of eleven middle school students, most of whom are first generation French citizens. Speaking directly to the camera as if it were a long-trusted confidante, these extraordinary young people talk about love, being French, life in the projects, and their visions of the future. Swagger seduces not only by the maturity, generosity and frankness of its memorable subjects, but by the filmmaker’s efforts to lift it out of the quotidian by including charming flights of fancy that illustrate the children’s unspoken dreams. Shot in bold colors, with breathtaking aerial photography and a score by Jean-Benoît Dunckel, one half of legendary French electronic duo Air, Swagger is much more than another documentary about children’s resilience in challenging circumstances. But perhaps the film’s greatest accomplishment is to leave viewers feeling they have made 11 new friends in a place they had never dreamed of visiting.

Wednesday, April 11: Jon Bowermaster
Topic:  "From Journalism to Advocacy: 30 Years Reporting on the Planet’s Health"
Location:  Meredith Hall, Room 101 (2805 University Ave.)

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Jon Bowermaster (JO'76) will discuss his career as a National Geographic adventure journalist, filmmaker and environmental activist. Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. He is founder of Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation, reporting on  the health of the world’s oceans. His recent work has been in environmental activism, including anti-fracking films and a series of short documentaries on the Hudson River.


Tuesday, April 17: Film In This Corner of the World / Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (original title) (Japan, 2016)
Location:  Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Anime Club, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor 

A hand-drawn animated film set in 1940s Hiroshima, before and after the dropping of the atomic bomb.  Film will be followed by discussion.

Tuesday, April 17:  Panel "The Future of Trade in an Era of Anti-Globalism"
Location:  Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Moderator:  Matthew Mitchell

Panelists: Jim McCaughan, Bob Baur, Rachel Paine Caufield

Jim McCaughan - Chief Executive Officer - Jim McCaughan is an executive with the Principal Financial Group®.  He is president, global asset management, and chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. Jim oversees all global asset management activities, including developing global strategies and identifying and analyzing market opportunities.

McCaughan has over 35 years of experience in the investment business. He also speaks around the world, is frequently quoted by the financial news media, and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, among others.

McCaughan earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Robert F. Baur, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Chief Global Economist- Bob is executive director and chief global economist for Principal Global Investors.  In these capacities, he establishes and directs global economic policy and strategy, oversees and conducts macroeconomic and quantitative research, forecasts economic trends and anticipates market movements, and advises the investment staff in making economically sound investment decisions. Baur also directs macroeconomic research for Principal Portfolio Strategies, an asset allocation boutique of Principal Global Investors.

Baur has numerous speaking engagements in the U.S. and around the world. He is frequently quoted by the financial news media and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.  He joined The Principal in 1995, and prior to his current role he was global head of trading for Principal Global Investors.

Baur received a Ph.D. in economics and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Iowa State University. He also completed post-doctoral study in finance and economics at the University of Minnesota.

Rachel Paine Caufield joined the Department of Political Science at Drake in 2001, and teaches courses on American politics, with special attention to political institutions (Congress and the Legislative Process, Judicial Politics, and the American Presidency).  In 2016, she published The Iowa Caucus with Arcadia Press.  For the past two presidential campaign cycles, she has organized efforts to get students involved in the caucuses, has coordinated candidate visits to campus, and led the campus effort to host national presidential debates and forums with ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fusion TV.

During her tenure at Drake, she spent 10 years as a Research Fellow with The American Judicature Society and three years as the Associate Director for Citizen Engagement at the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, working to bring students and the community together to create a more vigorous and meaningful public dialogue.  Prior to joining the Drake faculty, she was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. studying the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Professor Caufield earned her Ph.D. at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., specializing in American politics and political science methodology, and her B.A. at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, majoring in Political Science and Mathematics.

Monday, April 30: Jenna Gibson
Topic:  Career talk on internationally related post-graduate opportunities
Location: Medbury Honors Lounge
Time: 12:30-1:30
Sponsor: Principal Center for Global Citizenship and East Asian Studies Minor

Jenna Gibson of the Korea Economic Institute of America will present a career talk for all students contemplating internationally related post-graduate opportunities. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in international studies and journalism, Ms. Gibson went on to a Fulbright fellowship in South Korea and a Master’s program at Georgetown University.  She is now the Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute.  Lunch will be served thanks to financial support from the Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake.

Tuesday, May 1: Prof. Eleanor Zeff and POLS 169 Class
Topic:  Immigration and Politics in Europe (France, Germany, Sweden and Poland)
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Department of Politics

Professor Eleanor Zeff and students from POLS169, "Refugees, Immigration and European Politics" will discuss immigration and politics in Europe. 


Wednesday, May 2: Film Spirit’s Homecoming / Gwi-hiyang (original title), (South Korea, 2016)
Location:  Olin 101
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Women & Gender Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor 

A period drama following the lives of two teenage girls kidnapped by the Japanese Imperial Army to serve as sexual slaves at “comfort stations” in China. Film has graphic scenes, including those depicting sexual violence.  Film will be followed by discussion.

Wednesday, May 2: "Understanding the Rohingya Refugee Crisis"
Panel featuring Parvez Hashem, and EMBARC’s Mone Aye and Aung Han
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. panel to be followed by a reception
Sponsors: Principal Center for Global Citizenship, Drake School of Education, and Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC)

Parvez Hashem is an attorney in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is a member of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association, Dhaka Bar Association, Administration Tribunal Bar Association, and Dhaka Taxes Bar Association. He is a founding partner at a Bangladesh law firm Lexmates.  Parvez Hashem also is a human rights lawyer and activist who has served as a powerful voice for Bangladesh’s most disadvantaged and marginalized groups in his country’s courts of law. 

In addition to his work as a Supreme Court advocate, Mr. Hashem is the Secretary General of the Development Research Foundation, Law Secretary for the Foundation for Open Sources Solution of Bangladesh, International Affairs Secretary for the Combined Social Movement, an organization that works to promote human rights, secularism, social justice, democracy and good governance.  Mr. Hashem has worked for different non-profit organizations in different programs, such as education, child rights, human rights,good governance, environment, water supply and sanitation, arsenic mitigation, solid waste management, disaster management, health education and promotion, social mobilization, capacity building of local institutions, research and communication.  His articles and reports on politics, economics, development, human rights, good governance and international relation have been published in leading newspapers in his country.

Hashem holds a BA and Master of Social Science from the University of Dhaka, as well as a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law in the Department of Law and Justice from Bangladesh University of Business and Technology.